Hi Friends! I wanted to share about our little get away to New Orleans, where we stayed, ate etc. I have never been to New Orleans before but Allen has been a few times. When we found out he had a residency interview I definitely wanted to go with him to this one! New Orleans is such a unique place famous for its French architecture, Cajun cuisine, and jazz music. If you ever have the chance to go you won’t regret it!
Where we stayed
Nopsi Hotel – This hotel was so beautiful and nice! It is a historic building they recently renovated and turned into a hotel about a year ago. There’s an awesome rooftop bar and pool area that gives you a good view of New Orleans. I would love to stay here again!
Where to Eat
I’m going to preface this by letting you know I actually do not like Cajun food! (GASP)! I’m just not big on the spices, gumbo, and crawfish is definitely not my thing they just creep me out lol. I’m more of a chicken and steak girl! We did eat at some Cajun restaurants since my hubby loves it but we tried some other places too! Every meal I had was SO good, New Orleans definitely knows how to do food no matter what it is.
The Ruby Slipper – We had the BEST brunch at the Ruby Slipper. If you go to New Orleans this place is a must. We had to wait an hour to get in but it was worth it. The fried chicken eggs benedict and the pork benedict was amazing!
Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Oyster House – Allen had oysters and crawfish étouffée and he loved it. I ordered a po’boy and it was good! Not a ton of options if you don’t like seafood though.
Mr. B’s – This is a pricier place for dinner but it was SO good! I ordered the filet and it was amazing. Allen had BBQ shrimp and he said it’s the best he’s ever had.
Johnny Sanchez– Mexican cuisine. Some of the best tacos I’ve ever had and their homemade salsa is awesome! You have to order a side of their Mexican street corn it is the best!
Café Du Monde– Everyone has to go here to get some coffee and beignets. Right off of Jackson Square.
Carousel Bar– This is a charming little bar inside of the Hotel Monteleone.
Pat O-Brians–Located on Bourbon St, this place has a fun and eclectic patio vibe and they are the ones who invented New Orleans famous drink the “Hurricane”.
I had a ton of other recommendations people gave me on Instagram of great places to eat but we just didn’t have time to try them all! Some of the most popular ones people suggested were:
Pascals Manales, Cochon Butcher, Dat Dog, Brennans, Jaques-Imos, Domilise’s, Acme Oyster House, Luke, and Bevi’s
Things to Do:
Walking Tours: We did a walking tour with Free Tours By Foot . It was laid back and very informative about the history of New Orleans. If you like history I highly suggest it! There are a ton of other different types of walking tours but it was fun to be able to walk around and learn more about the city!
Jackson Square– Visit the iconic St. Lewis Cathedral. There’s also a lot of street performers, artists, and music.
Bourbon Street– Bourbon street is filled with tons of places to listen to music, have a drink, etc. It gets pretty cray later in the night but we are a grandma and grandpa and didn’t stay out very late haha.
French Quarter–I loved walking around the French Quarter and just looking at all of the beautiful buildings. Lots of food and little shops too!
Garden District– We didn’t get to spend a ton of time here but it is full of beautiful old mansions and lavish gardens. Lots of cute boutiques and restaurants line Magazine St.
Swamp tours– We booked a swamp tour on a fan boat but were running late and ended up missing it! I was so bummed but I’ve heard these are really fun!
Aquarium – The aquarium in New Orleans is supposed to be amazing!
There is SO much to do in New Orleans. I wish we could have stayed longer to experience more of it! We had such a fun time on our lil getaway!
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